About Thrangu Rinpoche           

Thrangu Rinpoche with students of SMD Boarding School, lay students and monastics. 

Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche founded the small monastery of Thrangu Tashi Choling in Boudhanath,  Kathmandu, Nepal in 1976.

Since then, he has founded a retreat center, college and free medical clinic at Namo Buddha, east of the Kathmandu Valley, and has established SMD Boarding School in Boudhanath for the general education of Himalayan children  and young monks and nuns in Western subjects as well as in Buddhist studies. 

Near Kathmandu, he built Thrangu Tara Abbey, which offers a full dharma education for Tibetan nuns, training them to become khenmos, or teachers.

Thrangu Rinpoche recently completed a large, beautiful  monastery in Sarnath, India, overlooking the Deer Park where the Buddha gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths.  This monastery is named Vajra Vidya after the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, and it is now the seat for the annual Kagyu conference led by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa.

Thrangu Rinpoche is the Abbot of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, which offers retreats and classes in Buddhism.  This was his first monastery in Canada followed by centres in Aurora, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta.  

His largest monastery in Canada is Thrangu Monastery in Richmond, BC, which houses almost 10 monks providing Tibetan, Dharma and Art Classes, prayers and Dharma activities throughout the year. This monastery is Rinpoche's North American home.


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